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    Watch Zach Braff and Donald Faison Make the Perfect Appletini


    Scrubs was an enormously popular sitcom that ran for nine seasons (eight, depending who you ask). It went off the air in 2010, but maintains a loyal following to this day. In fact, Zach Braff and Donald Faison co-host a Scrubs re-watch podcast – called “Fake Doctors Real Friends” – that is wildly popular and successful, with tens of thousands of listeners. One fan-favorite bit from the duration of the show is Zach Braff’s character’s affinity for appletinis. To paraphrase JD, he doesn’t drink beer; he prefers appletinis – light on the “tini” – because they make

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    Celebrate Negroni Week with This Classic Negroni Cocktail Recipe

    Florence, Italy, 1919. Count Camillo Negroni is sitting at the bar of the Caffe Casoni on a hot day, cooling off with his favorite aperitivo, the Americano – a refreshing mix of Campari, soda water, sweet vermouth, and a lemon wedge. It’s been a tough day and he’s looking to take the edge off. He asks the barman, Forsco Scarselli, to strengthen the drink a bit. Scarselli pours him another, this time replacing the soda water with gin and the lemon wedge with an orange peel. The classic Negroni cocktail was born; and it became a

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    The Boulevardier Cocktail

    From 1927-1932, Erskine Gwynne was living in Paris, running a monthly magazine he founded called Boulevardier—a sort of Parisian version of New Yorker. Gwynne was an expatriate writer, socialite, and nephew of railroad tycoon Alfred Vanderbilt. During that time period, American was in the midst of Prohibition (which, of course, was the national repeal of alcohol). Ironically, the Volstead Act helped revive the American cocktail—it provided creative liquor salesmen a handy way to disguise hooch with preferable flavors and a pretty name. But Prohibition also sent thousands of bartenders into a tailspin. Most had to find other work, since their profession had

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    The Fitzgerald Cocktail

    I’m introducing a new feature, today: the Friday Happy Hour. Every Friday (or maybe most Fridays) (or maybe even just some Fridays), I’ll post a small write-up about a cocktail I’m really enjoying, including its history, its recipe, and my recommended ingredient brands. First up on the menu is (quite possibly) my favorite cocktail—the Fitzgerald cocktail. If you’re a literary person like me, you might wonder if this classic cocktail was named for the famous writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Well, it wasn’t; though his favorite cocktail was the Gin Rickey (which we’ll explore in the future). The reason that we might think